2017, December 14: Jupiter, Mars and Moon


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Bright Jupiter and Mars shine in a clearing sky this morning with the waning crescent moon — overexposed in the image — 4 degrees from Jupiter.  Mars continues its eastward march; it is 10.5 degrees from Jupiter this morning.  Compare Mars’ position this morning with its location on December 1.

Jupiter is heading toward its first conjunction of three with Zubenelgenubi in a week.

The moon is just a few days before its new phase.

The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):

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